AN ESTIMATED 35.5 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE LIMITED ACCESS TO ENOUGH FOOD. SUBARU AND ITS EMPLOYEES ARE DETERMINED TO HELP CHANGE THAT.
Supported entirely by Subaru of America (SOA) employees, the second annual corporate Drive Out Hunger campaign received an increase in donations of more than 20 percent above last year. "This says a lot about the integrity of our employees and their commitment to making their communities better," explained Subaru Community Services Manager Sandy Capell.
The 36,256 pounds of food were collected at headquarters and sales regions and delivered to local food banks. By United States Department of Agriculture calculations, the donations were enough to feed 7,700 adults for one day.
In addition, SOA donated food from its Share the Love Garden to the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ). For more on the garden, read Drive articles in the Summer and Fall 2009 issues.
Founded in 1985, FBSJ's mission is to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in southern New Jersey. It is southwestern New Jersey's largest source of state and federal food assistance along with private contributions. It serves as a centralized donation and distribution point for local pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.
The Subaru of America Foundation has donated a 2009 Tribeca to FBSJ. The Tribeca will assist with delivering smaller donations that don't require a large truck. It "… exemplifies Subaru's commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition in South Jersey," commented Val Traore, CEO of FBSJ. With the vehicle's anticipated cost efficiencies and lower gas consumption, it will "… help them provide services to the community," said Capell.
For more about the Food Bank of South Jersey, go to www.foodbanksj.org.
Read the In the Community Online Exclusive about Subaru volunteers and the Sweetwater Food Pantry in this issue.
Subaru of America, Inc. believes in supporting the communities in which its employees live and work. To that end, Subaru builds community partnerships with organizations that share its drive and passion. These organizations are primarily ones that enhance the academic learning experience for young people.